Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Explore both the coast & mountains of Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Charming town of Ravello and its colourful gardens
  • Stay in the rural village of Agerola, experiencing Amalfi’s quieter side
  • Breath-taking views of the Mediterranean
  • Exploring the world-famous Isle of Capri at your own pace

Explore this beautiful region of Italy, Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk along its coastline visiting exquisite villages and explore the rural communities in the mountains high above the coast.

Huge cliffs tumble hundreds of metres into the turquoise Mediterranean Sea to create an indescribably beautiful coastline. Agerola, a village situated on a high plain, is surrounded by a dramatic landscape rising steeply from the shore to rugged mountains.

Your walking tour continues to the fishing village of Praiano, exploring the most marvellous section of the “Footpath of Gods”, which takes you through unrivalled landscapes.

Day 1: Arrive in Amalfi

The town of Amalfi is accessible from Naples International Airport and takes approximately 3H on public transportation or you travel by taxi (Macs Adventure can arrange).


Amalfi is an historic town with a cluster of white buildings clinging to the hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It was the ancient capital of the Amalfi Maritime Republic and is surrounded by enchanting mountains. Take time to explore and walk along its pretty promenade and around the colourful marina.


Overnight: Amalfi


Day 2: The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk

Walking out of your hotel follow a scenic path up to the Medieval Tower of Zirro where you can enjoy the first of many stunning coastal views. Then enter the valley of the ancient watermills and explore the ruins of the many paper factories which date back to the 11th century.  Pass through the hamlet of Ravello, one of today’s highlights. See Villa Cimbrone and its picturesque gardens and then walk back to Amalfi through Atrani.


Walk: 9km


Overnight: Amalfi


Day 3: Isle of Capri Walk

An unforgettable day of walking and exploring awaits as you take a boat to the fabled Isle of Capri. This island just off the Amalfi Coast has preserved its unspoilt charm and has grand villas and banks of colourful bougainvillea.


Walk firstly towards the impressive Roman ruins of the Villa Jovis, Emperor Tiberius’s villa, before joining the coastal path along the Arco Naturale until you reach the Faraglioni - peculiar rocks protruding out of the sea. Later you can choose to visit the Convent of San Giacamo and the Gardens of Emperor Augustus or relax while enjoying a gelato, before returning to Amalfi.


Walk: 8km


Overnight: Amalfi


Day 4: Scala and the nature reserve of ‘Valle delle Ferriere’

Take a public bus from Amalfi into the mountains to the village of Scala (25 mins) where your walk begins. A quiet path leads into the nature reserve of ‘Valle delle Ferriere’, a deep valley surrounded by high cliffs.


Continue on through meadows, small waterfalls and spectacular landscapes on a high path to the tiny hamlet of Pogerola. You then descend an ancient flight of steps towards the Amalfi and here board a local bus to tour next destination, Agerola. This charming village sits at 600m above sea level in a wide green valley surrounded by thick natural forest and offers spectacular sea and mountain views. Your accommodation for the night here is a very traditional, family run hotel which gives you a truly authentic experience of Italy.


Walk: 11km


Overnight: Agerola


Day 5: Coastal Views from Mt. Tre Calli

Today’s walk is one of superlatives. Incredible coastal views from ancient paths cut into the mountainside will have you continually reaching for your camera. From the central square of Bomerano (Agerola) the walk leads toward the highest massif of Amalfi Coast, Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi. The coastal views are inspiring! Further along walk around Mt. Tre Calli, you can enjoy the Amalfi’s finest viewpoints with sights of Positano, the finis terrae and the Isle of Capri.


Walk: 9 km


Overnight: Agerola


Day 6: Walk from Bomerano to Praiano

After breakfast take a local bus to the starting point of your next walk. Enjoy the first section of the famous “Footpath of the Gods”, from Bomerano to Colle Serra, and then walk downhill to your next destination,  Praiano.


This walk offers impressive views over the land terraces built over centuries and preserved by local communities. Arriving in Colle Serra enjoy a terrific view of the  coastline looking out towards the famous Isle of Capri, with the famous cliffs marking lands end. Take some steep stairs going down to the small fishing village of Praiano.


Praiano is the hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast, a quaint fishing town far removed from the busy tourist areas and offering a rich culture and history, great views of Positano and an authentic experience..


Walk: 4km


Overnight: Praiano


Day 7: The Footpath of the Gods

The Footpath of the Gods or “Sentiero degli Dei” is justifiably the most famous walk on the Amalfi Coast. From Praiano climb steeply to reach the convent of San Domenico, with stunning panoramas.  As the path twists and turns enjoy the views of terraced lemon groves and tiny villages that cling to steep cliffs over the crystal blue sea. Follow the vertiginous trail to the village of Nocelle, and then on to the charming town of Positano. Return by bus to Praiano


Walk: 9km


Overnight: Praiano


Day 8: Onward Travel

From Praiano you can return to Naples by bus or private transfer. We will supply details in your information pack.


Accommodation

We specifically choose the hotels and agriturismo (country hotels) to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food and drink. Details of the lovely local hotels we normally use are detailed below. These are subject to availability, and early booking is highly recommended for June-September in particular, as this is a popular area. In case of alternative accommodation needing to be booked, supplements may be payable and we will advise you accordingly.


Accommodation Details

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed, but because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location of the same or better standard. Alternative details will be noted on your accommodation sheet.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone and there is a solo walker supplement payable. If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Meals

The delicious Italian food and wine available locally is undoubtedly a highlight of this holiday. The price of your holiday includes a hearty breakfast each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively you may pass local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby restaurants.


Additional Nights

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk or at the start/end of the walk. These can be added at the time of booking.



 

 

 



Hotel Lidomare - Amalfi



Hotel Lidomare

This charming 'Albergo' dates from 1300, and is ideally situated in a quiet square in Amalfi, not far from the sea. The 15 rooms each have WiFi and a jacuzzi tub. Stay in a standard room.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Risorgimento - Agerola



Hotel Risorgimento

This traditional hotel is in the heart of the old village of San Lazzaro in Agerola. Stay in a simple yet homely ensuite room (no sea view).


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel La Perla - Praiano



Hotel La Perla

Hotel la Perla is perched overlooking the sea at Praiano with a restaurant specialising in local produce and local wines. Stay in a side sea view room. Superior sea view rooms on request at a supplement.


 

 

 

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day of the week from the beginning of April to the end of October. Please note that the summer months can be very hot for walking and we recommend that you take a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water if you decide to walk during these months. This tour does not run from the end of July to the end of August as this is when the area is the hottest and also the most difficult time to secure availability at the hotels.


Peak season availability: Please note that July and September are extremely busy times along the Amalfi Coast and early booking is essential (ideally 6 months in advance) in order to secure the best choice accommodation. If you are interested in travelling during these months, then we may require some flexibility regarding your dates and itinerary. We will do our best to provide a suitable alternative in line with our usual tour. In the instance that our usual accommodation is not available, a supplement will be payable. Thank you for your cooperation.


Time of Year

Spring in the Amalfi Coast is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is probably a favourite time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable.


Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded moderate because although the daily walks are relatively short the terrain is hilly and summer temperatures can be high. Most of the route follows dirt tracks and footpath although you will be following minor roads occasionally. Be warned that some of the walks involve lots of steps and steep climbs.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is not well way-marked. We provide access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App upon which you can follow the route notes and downloaded GPS tracks on your phone.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 


Getting to Amalfi

We recommend that you fly to info Naples Airport as this is the closest to the Amalfi Coast. From there you can take a Curreri bus from outside the terminal to Sorrento which takes 1H15.

From Sorrento take a SITA bus to Amalfi which takes around 1H40.  Alternatively, we can arrange private transfers at an additional cost.

Another option when travelling between May and October and between
Naples Airport and Amalfi is to take the Pintour shuttle bus. The
journey takes about 1h.50 and timetables can be found on the Pintour website.


Getting from Praiano

From Praiano you can return to Naples by SITA bus to Sorrento and
Curreri shuttle bus to Naples Airport or by SITA bus to Sorrento and Circumvesuviana Train to Naples Train Station and ALIBUS shuttle bus to Naples Airport.

Important Note: If desired, a private transfer from Naples Airport to Amalfi Coast
(arrival) and from Praiano to Naples Airport (onward travel) can be
included in this tour (additional costs apply). Please inform us at the
time of booking if you would like to include these options.

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in ensuite rooms in hotels or agriturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer when required
  • A detailed info pack, route notes and maps
  • Access to the Macs Smartphone App
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem

Excluded

  • Travel to Amalfi and from Praiano
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Public transportation tickets (bus/ferry/train)
  • Local buses to/from walks
  • Travel Insurance and Personal Equipment
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage

Extras

  • Private transfers to and from Naples
  • Capri Extension (3 Days & 2 Nights)
  • Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii Extension (4 Days & 3 Nights)
  • Single Room Supplements if applicable

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.

How fit do I need to be?

This walking holiday is graded moderate and involves 3.5 - 5.5 hours of walking each day so you should enjoy an active lifestyle to get the most from this holiday.

When is the best time of year?

Spring in the Amalfi Coast is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is probably a favourite time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this walk is particularly popular, especially during he summer months. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

Which is the best airport?

Naples is the best airport to fly into and then you can catch the bus or arrange private taxi transfers to Amalfi.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

Amalfie self-guided walk

5

The walk routes were easy to follow. All hotels were very welcoming and went out of their way to help when my husband needed medical attention. The accommodation was clean and some were quite beautiful. I would recommend this walking holiday. There is a lot of travel by bus, Amalfie is very busy in August so be prepared for busy buses.

Vicky

Chester

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Amalfi Coast & Mts

4

All great - must compliment Marcello & Anna at locally based Incos Adventures for their info especially the bus timetables!! - very handy

Dafydd

Ceredigion

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The organisation of this self guided was top class

4

A few updates for the guide notes on Amalfi coast: On Capri the Villa Lysis worth the extra loop - but that is the one with entrance 2 euros whereas Villa Jovis is currently 6 euros. In Nocelle (above Positano) it is not clear enough the route needs to mention going past main church on the steps. In Priano there is no longer a sign for Villa Columbine (end of Via Croce) to turn right so alter to turn right up the steps when see coloured tiles on the entrance to villa

Ricky

London

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Beautiful places - variable walking

3

The trip was good and the route maps easy to follow It wasn't however a walking from place to place holiday as it was marketed. There were too many buses at either end of the day and actually the only day we walked from place to place was on the last leg when we walked to Praiano. In Agerola we couldn't understand why we didn't stay in Bomerano as we had to constantly get buses to and from there. On the positive side, the hotels were good - The Amalfi hotel in particular was in a great location. La Perla weren't that accommodating when we asked for a meal at 18.05 - they said we had to order by 18.00 Eventually they gave in and fed us but the food was very average. Overall, an enjoyable holiday Thanks

Kath

Preston

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Amalfi Coast Hiking Adventure

4

I have to admit I was a bit nervous. This was our 30th anniversary trip, and I wanted things to go smoothly so that we could enjoy our time together. Thankfully, the people at Macs Adventures did a very nice job. The hotels were fine, the bags were always in our hotel room waiting for us, and the online hiking maps were wonderful. Also, the team at Macs was willing to modify the trip for us to find more challenging hikes. We are already considering booking a Portugal trip with Macs as our next hiking trip.

Sir Hike-a-lot

Boston

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Something special

4

It's true - there are a lot of stairs! But the spectacular views make it worth every creak of the knees. Expect to take jillions of photos with not one capturing what you're feeling on top of the world. It's a beautiful area and I feel that with this itinerary we saw more of the heart of Amalfi than day trippers to the towns. If you're going in late spring or summer, expect to get sweaty and expect Capri, Ravello and Positano to be crowded. Luckily on this trip, your accommodation is away from the big names. It's easy to escape and enjoy low key amenities nearby. We enjoyed the variety of the coastal and rural stays, although Amalfi was our favourite. We came home knackered but refreshed. We loved it!

Fifi & Mr P

Scotland

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A great experience - would do again.

4

This makes a great active holiday, with beautiful scenery and great weather. A chance to discover a new part of the world in detail

Alli

Sussex

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Steps, steps and more steps!!!

4

We really enjoyed the holiday and the weather was perfect for walking - not too hot but dry! I managed to drop the whole week's route notes in the river on the first day but Macs Adventures were brilliant in getting a new copy to me that afternoon. What a relief! Thank you. the only thing we would criticise about the week is the break up of the footpath of the gods into 2 days, making the first day a 4/5km walk - hardly part of the walking holiday! We devised our own walk that day walking from Agerola to Positana which made it a long walk but avoided going down one day and then up the next morning. The accommodation was all good and we liked the variety of places to stay although Praiano was extremely quiet and many restaurants were closed. Overall we had a great holiday but glad to have a break from the crowded buses!

G and R

Hertfordshire

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Rough Hike/Perfect Package

5

Everything went so well using Macs! Our luggage was at the hotels ahead of us, hotels were clean and comfy! Probably would have booked a "down" day in the middle if we noted how much climbing we'd be doing. But it was a great feeling of accomplishment each day. I do wish that the large info book had come to our house ahead of time, we didn't get to read it at all. By the time we finished our hikes & relaxed over wine & dinner, we reviewed the next days walk & that was it! We loved seeing areas that we would have never done on our own! Some hotels were nicer than others, but all served the purpose! We would use Macs again! Actually eyeing up the Camino next!

Suzi

Colorado

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Too much to see; too little time!!

5

This was a great holiday - well-organised in a superb location. The standard of the route instructions, guidance, supporting information and accommodation was excellent. The trip far exceeded expectations in every way.

chrisanpenny

Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2BQ

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Amalfi: Kust- en Bergwandelingen

4.6 44

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